It is well known that we are influenced by the people people we spend time with. They can influence the words we use (that start as a joke but then become normal in our vocabulary) and jokes we make.
I’ve just got back from being in Bournemouth for the weekend with a good friend. It was so sunny and we had the best time…and I’ve got a little reflection for you as always!
My friend who I went on holiday with a is so wildly kind that it convicted me. When things didn’t go as expected or something felt inconvenient on our days away, I felt myself getting a bit stroppy. We all know that being a stroppy friend is not fun! Well, yeah, that was me.
But despite my stroppiness, my friend reacted to me with such kindness. Their kindness felt like a challenge to be more kind.
It tells us in Romans 2:4 that God’s kindness towards us was intended to lead us to repentance:
4 Do the riches of his extraordinary kindness make you take him for granted and despise him? Haven’t you experienced how kind and understanding he has been to you? Don’t mistake his tolerance for acceptance. Do you realize that all the wealth of his extravagant kindness is meant to melt your heart and lead you into repentance? (The Passion Translation)
4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (New International Version)
We get to live with the Spirit in us and one of the fruits of the spirit is kindness. Kindness is like a force; it can stop people in their tracks. My friend’s kindness deeply affected me.
My prayer for you this week is that you would be someone that brings conviction to others by living a life full of the Spirit. My other prayer for you is that you would experience God and know His extraordinary kindness to you.